John Alger

John Alger

Male 1820 - 1897  (76 years)

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  • Name John Alger  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Born 5 Nov 1820  New Lyme, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New Lyme was previously known as Lebanon Township, Ohio.
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Feb 1897  Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 6 Feb 1897  Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John was buried in the St. George City Cemetery in St. George, Utah.
    Person ID I19  alger
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2017 

    Father Samuel Alger,   b. Est 1786, Uxbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1874, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Mother Clarissa Hancock,   b. 3 Sep 1790, Longmeadow, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1870, Parowan, Iron Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1808  Uxbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Ann Pulsipher,   b. 2 Nov 1824, Spafford, Onondaga Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1909, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 6 Jan 1842  Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John and Sarah were married by Joseph Smith, the Mormon leader.
    Children 
     1. Nelson Alger,   b. 1843, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1845, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     2. Sarah Ann Alger,   b. 13 Apr 1845, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1933, Cleveland, Emery Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Olivia Alger,   b. 23 Jun 1847, Winter Quarters, Pottawattamie Co, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1930, Cleveland, Emery Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Adeliza Alger,   b. 9 Aug 1849, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1925, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. John Zera Alger,   b. 15 Jan 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1933, Enterprise, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Martha Ellen Alger,   b. 4 Dec 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1934, Panguitch, Garfield Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Ann Eliza Alger,   b. 20 Dec 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1945, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Samuel Nelson Pulsipher Alger,   b. 26 Apr 1858, Payson, Utah Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1911, Cleveland, Emery Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     9. Alva Don Pulsipher Alger,   b. 21 Jan 1860, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1898, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     10. Willard Edgar Alger,   b. 9 Apr 1862, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1947, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     11. Mary Edna Alger,   b. 9 Dec 1865, Enterprise, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1946  (Age 80 years)
     12. Ashby Morris Alger,   b. 9 Dec 1865, Beaver, Beaver Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
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    Family 2 Rachael Michael Jones,   b. Nov 1820, Monmouth, , Monmouth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Feb 1855  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
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    Family 3 Rachel Hug,   b. 4 Mar 1824, Weiningen, , , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1910  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1856  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Sophia Alger,   b. 1 Jun 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Jane Ann Burnett,   b. 28 Jun 1840, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1934, Wellington, Carbon Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1861  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John and Jane were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Alger,   b. 20 Sep 1862, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1862, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Luna Luella Alger,   b. 18 Apr 1864, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1952, Duchesne, Duchesne Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Franklin Burnett Alger,   b. 24 Sep 1867, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1938  (Age 71 years)
     4. Edmond Alger,   b. 1 May 1870, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1932, Twin Falls, Twin Falls Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. Alonzo Alger,   b. 7 Jun 1873, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1949, Wellington, Carbon Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Gerrett H. Alger,   b. 13 Feb 1876, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1957, Wellington, Carbon Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Clarissa Alger,   b. 24 Oct 1878, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1925, Price, Carbon Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     8. Joseph Eli Alger,   b. 8 Apr 1883, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1913  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
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    Family 5 Sarah Ann Edwards,   b. 28 Aug 1832, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1903, Eagar, Apache Co., Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1867  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ending Status: Divorced
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Thomas George Alger,   b. 28 Oct 1868, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1948, Safford, Graham Co., Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F33  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Histories
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  • Notes 
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      ***John Alger was born in Astabula County, Ohio, on 5 Nov 1820. He was baptized into the L.D.S.Church with his parents in March, 1832. John met Zerah Pulsipher when Zerah moved toKirtland, Ohio, in 1837. Zerah, who was one of the seven presidents of Seventy for the L.D.S.Church, was to have a great influence on John.

      After the saints were compelled to leave Ohio and Missouri, they went to Nauvoo, Illinois to start again. On 6 Jan 1842 [13 Feb?], John Alger married Sarah Pulsipher, Zerah's daughter, the ceremony was performed by the Prophet Joseph Smith. At the time of his marriage, John was 21 yearsof age and already a skilled carpenter and wheelwright. Before the saints were compelled to abandon their loved city, John and Sarah received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple on 7 Jan 1846.

      When it became known that the Saints would be forced to move west, John spent much timemaking wagons and preparing other articles that would be needed in making such a long journey ofhard ships. The famous all wood wagon that brought Father Bundy completely across the plainswithout any breakdowns or repairs was made by John Alger. In February, 1846, when the move was started, he and his wife Sarah and daughter Sarah Ann (pronounced "Surrie Ann") joined the party. They had buried their first child Nelson in Nauvoo.

      After they arrived at Winter Quarters, Neb. in 1846, it was too late in the season to complete the thousand mile journey, so the wagon train remained there through the winter. While at Winter Quarters Olivia was born to them. In April 1847, Brigham Young left early to find the way. He counseled those who remained to prepare ways and means for their trip ahead. John Alger used his skills to make wagons and other equipment that could make the long trip.

      In the spring of 1848 Zerah Pulsipher prepared to head a company of 100 wagons as Captain. In this group were John Alger, his wife Sarah, and their small daughters, as well as Zerah's parents and their family. This group arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in September, 1848. John settled at Far West, Utah, which was located north of Salt Lake City, and his wife Sarah went on to Salt Lake to be confined with the birth of her third daughter Adeliza.

      In 1857-8 it became known that Johnston's army was coming to attack the saints, having heard false charges against them. John was directed by Brigham Young to burn the sawmill, bury all the iron and go out into the mountains to help prevent the army sent by the federal government from coming into the valley. Sarah and the family were moved to Payson for safety.

      After the trouble was over the saints returned to their homes, but John Alger never returned to Far West. He continued his profession in Salt Lake City on a homestead given him as his inheritance. It is shown on the Orson Pratt map, Block 62, Great Salt Lake Survey. While the John Alger family made their home in Salt Lake City, six more children were born.

      On 26 Oct 1861 John.Alger married a second wife, Jane Ann Burnett, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. The two families moved to Beaver where John Alger went into partnership with Lafayette Shepard who had a grist mill. John furnished the sawmill and planing layout. In 1863 William E. Cowley joined the partnership, being a blacksmith. William soon married John's eldest daughter Sarah Ann.

      In the next year, 1864, John Alger, Sarah and Jane, William and Sarah Ann Alger Cowley, and Samuel and Clarissa Alger, were called by Pres. Brigham Young to go to the Dixie Mission. Such families as Pulsiphers and Algers, because of their qualifications, were needed in the plan of Pres. Young to extend the territory where all Saints could grow and prosper. Samuel and Clarissa Alger and family located at Parowan. John Alger and families went on to St. George and built their homes there. He also helped his brother-in-law Charles Pulsipher build a stucco frame house. These buildings still stand as evidence of the skill and workmanship of the builders.

      Erastus Snow, Pres. of the Washington Stake, called John Alger and others to take care of the surplus stock which was being grazed in Diamond (Dameron) Valley. John located at a spring in the north central part of the valley, afterwards called Alger Canyon. William E. Cowley helped,spending a great deal of time with him, after returning from his trip with James Andrus in the Black Hawk War. Later, when Joseph Price married his daughter Ann, they lived at a spring in the north east part of the valley. As more room and pasture was needed for the ever growing herds of cattle, locations were found further to the west and north. John also had a ranch located in a place called Shoal Creek. It was down this creek, where the stream turns east to flow out into the Escalante Deseret that the town of Hebron was located, and settled by Zerah Pulsipher and others. It was while living at Hebron that the eleventh and last child Mary was born to John and Sarah, born in December, 1865.

      John Alger took part in locating settlers at Hamblin in the north end of Clover Valley. After this pioneering he returned to St. George where Sarah and her family had continued to live. Jane Ann was with him in all of his moving.

      John Alger filled a mission to the Eastern States, Ohio being his headquarters. On returning, he brought his brother Alva, and sister-in-law whose husband had been killed in the Civil War, and her small boy back to St. George.

      While at St. George, John's wife Sarah was set apart at the dedication of the St. George Temple as a worker. She worked there 31 years, 18 years as Matron. Before her death in 1909 she was the last one living who had been set apart at the dedication.

      While living at St. George, John Alger made saddle trees and axe and hammer handles. He shapedthe native wood to be like the back of a horse, then covered the saddle tree with dressed rawhide which, when dried, made the saddle tree strong as iron. The finished shape was then ready to be covered with leather. He also made excellent furniture, chairs with woven fine rawhide seats.

      John Alger was a man who loved dancing and entertainment. He liked to sing and did his part at parties and social gatherings.

      He acquired land in Santa Clara, near St. George. Part of the land had been cleared and was farmed, but he felt he must have more land for his wife Jane Ann and their four boys and two girls. So he traded the farmland for a wagon and horses. He then moved this family to a location on the Beaver Dam Wash. Here he and his family stayed and struggled alone for years until the boys were nearly grown.

      Sarah's sons John, Samuel, and Willard moved to Castle Valley, Emery County, and later William Cowley and Sarah Ann followed with their family in 1886. Jane and her boys joined them in 1890, and later settled on a farm in Carbon County. After his two families made this last move, John was nearing seventy and was too old to continue building new places as he had done.

      The remaining years of his life he spent with members of his family, sometimes staying with his daughter Ann and her husband Jode Price, or his daughter Adeliza McArthur, who had been left a widow, or his daughter Olivia Bryson. His oldest son, John Zerah and wife Anna moved from Emery County to take care of John for his last several weeks of fever and agonizing pain. He died of gangrene poisoning 4 February 1897 at St. George, Utah, and is buried in the St.George Cemetery.***

      (John P. Pratt genealogy web site - http://www.johnpratt.com)
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      ***Dear Brothers, Sisters and friends:

      Thinking a line from me mite not come amifs with you, I atempt to write a few lines to you all who are interested in our wellfair. All our folks are well as a general thing. Sarah has a fine boy, born fryday morning. Mother Pulsipher is hear now taking care of Sarah. Old man baly came to father Pulsipher some time ago and told him that President Young told him to go to him (father Pulsipher) and that he should marry a certain girl to him, which father Pulsipher done which has caused him to loose his standing in the Presidency. We are all very sorry that he commited such an over sight, but it is as it is and can't be helped. It is a very hard rap in his old age. I was at the Council and so was Thomas. We were well satisfide with the Council on that ocasion as they shoed very respect toards him as posible under the circumstances. A few words to Brother John Pulsipher. Brothr Railey has managed to get your Land from you. I done All I could to prevent it but I had not the evidence to rebut the arguments that he prodused. A nother ____ below or not until the Book were josted they granted me 20 acres from Brother Hufakers, it was layed before Brother George and Elder Woodruf they have curtailed Brother Hafakers to theyer land. I hope to see you before long, yours as ever, John Alger - May 9, 1868

      ***(Letter written by John Alger, on 9 May 1868, in Salt Lake City, Utah)***
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      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Foremothers web site, (Http://Foremothers.homestead.com), accessed 3 Feb 2010), John Alger - http://foremothers.homestead.com/files/John_Alger.htm (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S138] John P. Pratt genealogy, Pratt, John P.John P. Pratt, (http://www.johnpratt.com/), accessed 3 Feb 2010), John Alger - http://www.johnpratt.com/gen/7/2.john_alger.html (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S139] Utah State History, State of Utah, (http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials : 2010), accessed 3 Feb 2010), John Alger burial record - http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/burialresults (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Abraham Arterbury Church and Martha Ellen Alger - 26 Dec 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S22] Alger files - Alger, James Allen, James Allen Alger, Death certificate for John Zera Alger (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S140] Alger e-files - Alger, Matthew T., Matthew T. Alger, Descendants of Thomas Alger - 14 Aug 2003 - p. 7 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S42] Alger files - Hunt, Madge, Madge Hunt, Family group record for John Alger and Sarah Ann Pulsipher - undated (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S84] Alger files - Kester, Jo, Jo Kester, Email from Jo Kester dated 8 Jun 2003 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S133] Alger e-files - Liddle, Larae, Larae Liddle, E-mail from Larae Liddle - 28 Nov 2011 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Phillip Louis Oakden and Olivia Alger - 26 Dec 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Joseph Smith Price and Ann Eliza Alger - 30 Dec 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S141] Alger files - Simkins, James Lee, James Lee Simkins, Family group record for Zerah Pulsipher and Mary Ann Brown - undated (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S124] Family of Adam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (https://familysearch.org/ : copyright 2008), accessed 14 May 2013), KWJZ-5JN (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S1349] Find A Grave - http://www.findagrave.com/, Enterprise, Utah Cemetery (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S1349] Find A Grave - http://www.findagrave.com/, Hebron, Utah Cemetery (Reliability: 3).


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